War of the Buttons

War of the Buttons

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Director: John Roberts

Cast: John Roberts, Liam Cunningham, Gregg Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney

     
 

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Rival groups of boys from two neighboring Irish villages engage in a running battle in this remake of the 1962 French movie of the same name, based on a novel by Louis Pergaud. The boys from Ballydowse, who dress as they please, exchange insults with boys from nearby Carricksdowse -- who wear school uniforms. One day, the Bally gang cuts the buttons off the clothes… See more details below

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Rival groups of boys from two neighboring Irish villages engage in a running battle in this remake of the 1962 French movie of the same name, based on a novel by Louis Pergaud. The boys from Ballydowse, who dress as they please, exchange insults with boys from nearby Carricksdowse -- who wear school uniforms. One day, the Bally gang cuts the buttons off the clothes of a bully in the Carricks gang. The Carricks retaliate by swiping the buttons from the clothes of the leader of the Bally boys, Fergus (Gregg Fitzgerald). The Ballys deface the Carricksdowse church, though both groups are Catholics. They rout the Carricks by charging at them naked. Marie (Eveanna Ryan), who heads the Ballys' girls auxiliary, tries to calm down the boys by raining new buttons on them to replace those lost in warfare. When Fergus' abusive stepfather (Jim Bartley) finds out about the war, he beats Fergus and sends him away. Fergus goes to the cliffs along the valley between the two villages, chased by the Carricks' leader, Geronimo (John Coffey). Geronimo, who has come to help, slips, and Fergus rescues him from a fall. In the end, Fergus, riding a horse, leads his troops, dressed in motley medieval suits, into a final battle. The allegorical anti-war film is primarily aimed at children. ~ Michael Betzold

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2010
UPC:
0883316277676
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
30,969

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Cunningham Schoolmaster
Gregg Fitzgerald Fergus
Colm Meaney Geronimo's Dad
John S. Coffey Geronimo
Eveanna Ryan Marie
Paul Batt Gorilla
Thomas Kavanagh Riley
Dervla Kirwan Adult Marie
Brendan McNamara Tim
Gerard Kearney Big Con
Kevin O'Malley Fishy
Anthony Cunningham Little Con
John Cleere Peter
Stuart Dannell-Foran Actor
Karl Byrne Mickey Moon
Barry Walsh Willie
Derek O'Leary Brendan
Niall Collins Chick
Daragh Naughton Actor
Johnny Murphy Jonjo
Barbre Dowling Geronimo's Mum
Alan Devlin Mr Riley
Pat Laffan Mr Connor
Ger Ryan Fergus' Mum
John Olohan Fat Pat's Dad
Frank Kelly Gorilla's Dad
Martin Dunne Willie's Dad
Frank Grimes Christian Brother
Donncha Crowley Police Sergeant
Maurice O'Donoghue Police Sergeant
Frank O'Sullivan Fisherman
Jack Lynch Mr Riley's Friend
Declan Mulholland Priest
Maureen Bennett Master's Wife
Helen Montague Tich's Mum
Brendan Cauldwell Carrickdowse Priest

Technical Credits
John Roberts Director
Jim Clark Editor
Jim Clay Production Designer
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Bruno de Keyzer Cinematographer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
David Freeman Editor
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Zavier Gelin Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Peter Hutchinson Special Effects
Stephane Marsil Producer
David Nichols Producer
Steve Norris Associate Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
David Puttnam Producer
Chris Seagers Art Director
Colin Welland Screenwriter

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